|Local cheese (1kg)||$12.91|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre||$2 322.99|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$4.07|
|Utilities (Electricity, Heating, ...) for medium apartment||$214.85|
|One-way ticket (local transport)||$3.80|
Located in the province of North Holland, Purmerend was historically an important thriving merchant town that retains its vibrant nature even today. With its rich history, charming cultural heritage, scenic vistas and ample recreational opportunities, Purmerend has proved to be extremely popular with tourists, especially those visiting with the many cheap flights to Purmerend via Amsterdam that is just 34km away.
Purmerend offers so many historical monuments for appreciation; the Koemarkt, a former cattle market, is now a vibrant town square lined with cosy cafés and eateries. Grote Kerk (Great Church) is a magnificent example of Dutch architecture and definitely worth a visit as is the Kaasmarkt (Cheese Market) that now accommodates the Purmerends Museum where you must see the fabulous examples of Jugendstil pottery that are on display. Visitors can learn about the hoary history of Slot Purmersteijn, a castle built in 1410 that regrettably can no longer be viewed.
When you arrive by one of the cheap flights to Purmerend, you will discover that the town still remains essentially a market town; there is a weekly market that draws large number of crowds every Tuesday and a number of theme markets are organised throughout the year. You will find most of the shops in the city centre that is surrounded by canals lending it a really unique character. Tourists will delight in the variety of shops that range from departmental stores to cosy boutique outlets selling all that you can think of and more. Many of them are housed in buildings that are architectural wonders by themselves.
Eating out in Purmerend can be a delightful experience as its establishments still exude an ambiance of the days of yore. You are sure to land up at the Koemark that has many cafés and restaurants, many of them with outdoor terraces where having a meal is a truly enjoyable experience. The site of Slot Purmersteijn is also home to many dining establishments. With a large array of hotels in Purmerend, you are spoilt for choice; additionally, you have a range of Bread & Breakfast accommodations and camping sites to choose from.